More empty words from Priti Patel as migrant invasion soars
Home secretary Priti Patel claims to be 'furious' over ongoing migrant invasion, despite taking little action to stop it.
On Thursday 235 migrants in 17 vessels illegally made their way to Britain – the highest daily total since the invasion began, surpassing the previous record of 202 set on Thursday last week.
The Home Secretary made a pledge last October that crossings would be virtually eliminated by now, yet the number of invaders continues to soar.
A staggering 3,950 illegal immigrants have made the crossing in small boats in 2020 so far, that is more than double the total amount that came in the whole of 2019.
This week, sources said Navy vessels could now begin turning migrant boats back to France.
However, despite Patel's claims that she has obtained legal advice that such a move would be legal under international maritime law, it has been rejected by the French government as illegal.
A Home Office source said: ‘The final straw was this record number, which led the Home Secretary to demand this new initiative. The real solution must come from the French – we want the French to take them back.’
In May and June, the government secretly tested the use of nets to entangle propellers or floating ‘booms’ to block the way for migrants dinghies, the experiment was conducted using Navy ships and Border Force boats.
Other measures allegedly being considered by the Home Office include using Navy vessels to block the path of migrant boats.
A Government source said: ‘These are all options that are being considered. The Home Secretary is furious about this daily total, which we think is as high as 250.'
The source added: ‘She has instructed her officials to speak to the Ministry of Defence about how we can proceed. She has also requested a discussion with the French interior minister, Gerald Darmanin.’
Despite her alleged fury, the Home Secretary has not only failed to fulfil her promise to eliminate these crossings altogether, but has allowed them to increase at an alarmingly high rate.
Thousands of migrants have managed to infiltrate Britain so far this year and with the good weather, the illegal crossings from France are expected to continue throughout the remainder of the year.
As yet another promise comes from Priti Patel, the invasion of Britain continues.